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Concentration, Jhana, and Breath: a 9-night Meditation Retreat in Northern California
led by Shaila Catherine

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The retreat begins with registration from 2:00 – 3:30 pm on Tuesday, May 3. The retreat ends at 11:30 am on Thursday, May 12. Early arrivals can be arranged for Monday, May 2.

Partial attendance is possible in some cases, but it must begin on the first day of the retreat and priority will be given to those registering for the full retreat.

This retreat will utilize the breath as the primary meditation object and will encourage the development of meditative skills that lead to deep concentration (samadhi) and insight (vipassana). Daily group instructions will focus on the sixteen steps in the Anapanasati Sutta as a route to jhana and/or liberating insight. Meetings with the teacher in small groups and one-on-one dialogs will tailor the practices to meet the needs and interests of individual students. Some students may choose to emphasize concentration practice throughout the retreat; others may emphasize vipassana; and some may practice both concentration and insight inconjunction with mindfulness of breathing. 

This retreat offers a special opportunity to train in concentration and jhana practices with personal guidance from Shaila Catherine. It is one of the very few retreats each year in which Shaila systematically guides students to establish jhana by working step by step with the Anapanasati Sutta. See our Concentration and Jhana FAQ page for more information about developing concentration and the absorption states of jhana.

This silent retreat is structured with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, dhamma teachings, and teacher consultations.

Prior to the retreat, please read Focused and Fearless by Shaila Catherine, and the Anapanasati Sutta. You may download the sutta at: https://suttacentral.net/mn118/en/bodhi

Register early! Space is limited.
We keep this retreat small (under 40 participants) to enable in-depth guidance from Shaila. We have exclusive use of the retreat center for the duration of our program. Nestled in a quiet valley in Lake County of Northern California, it offers a powerful and intimate environment for deep meditation practice. You will enjoy the benefits of natural beauty, a spacious meditation hall, access to walking trails, and a pool and hot tub that may be used in silence.


Download and complete the SS2022 registration and waiver forms, enclose a non-refundable deposit of $250 (payable to Bodhi Retreats), and return via email and/or postal mail to the address below. We are not currently accepting credit card transactions, so please send your registration deposit and fees via check or money order made payable to Bodhi Retreats. If this is not possible for some of our international guests, please contact the registrar for alternative payment arrangements.

Jennifer Johnson
922 Shingle Rd, Apt 2
Chattanooga TN 37409


Please complete either the Standard-Printable or Form-Fillable form, and also the Waiver of Liability.
Important: If you use the form-fillable version, download the form to your computer first. Then fill out the form. After completing the form, select to print it, and in the print options select to save the form as a PDF file. Then mail or email the PDF to the registrar.

  • Forms will be posted here by January 2021

REQUIREMENTS: The 9-night retreat is designed for experienced students. Previous retreat experience in the insight meditation tradition is required, with a minimum of at least one week-long silent residential retreat. If you have less than one week-long silent retreat experience, your attendance requires approval from the teacher.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The retreat facility is somewhat handicapped accessible. If you have mobility limitations, please contact the registrar for details.

Please note that this will be a non-smoking retreat.

There are a variety of accommodations in cabins, lodges, and bunk rooms that include single, double, triple, and quad occupancy. RV with hook up, car camping, tenting, and two unheated wooden screened huts are also available. If you have a nice tent, waterproof tarp, and comfortable futon or sleeping pad then camping can be a delightful option at this retreat center. If you request a single room, please explain why you need it. To accommodate requests for singles we will need to leave beds unoccupied; therefore, if you request single accommodations please choose a registration fee amount that is on the upper end of the sliding scale (above $1800).

COST: 9 nights (includes accommodation and meals) is $2600 – $1250 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teachers at the end of retreat.

The estimated actual per-person cost for this retreat (if we used a fixed rate) is $1800. This represents the amount that we would have charged to cover the cost of accommodations, food, and basic administrative expenses if we had used a fixed rate instead of a sliding scale.

Selecting an amount above the estimated actual cost will support the retreat and enable those who need to select a lower rate to attend the retreat. Selecting an amount below the estimated actual cost self-selects a supported scholarship rate This sliding scale will allow most scholarship needs to be managed by self-selecting an amount lower than $1800. Inquire with the registrar if you need additional scholarship support to attend.

MONASTIC SCHOLARSHIPS: Several monastic scholarships are available for this retreat. These scholarships provide either partial or full scholarships for ordained practitioners. To apply for a monastic scholarship, please fill out the usual registration form at the above link. Include a note to the registrar requesting a monastic scholarship. Indicate whether you need a full scholarship, or if you are able to contribute a portion of the fees. Suggest the amount that would be comfortable for you to contribute. Monastics are responsible for their own transportation costs. The scholarship grant covers room and board for the duration of the retreat.

PARTIAL RETREAT OPTIONS: Registration options for partial retreat attendance are below. Priority will be given to students who are registering for the full 9-nights course. Applicants for partial attendance will be placed on a wait list which will be reviewed approximately 2 months prior to the retreat. To apply for partial attendance, you must submit the registration application and deposit.

  • 3 nights (Tuesday–Friday) is $900 – $550 sliding scale
  • 4 nights (Tuesday–Saturday) is $1100 – $675 sliding scale
  • 5 nights (Tuesday–Sunday) is $1300 – $800 sliding scale
  • 6 nights (Tuesday–Monday) is $1500 – $950 sliding scale
  • 7-8 nights is same as full retreat: $2500 – $1250 sliding scale

WORK STUDY POSITIONS: In addition, two or three people may register for a work-study retreat. These service roles have a registration fee of $700 and involve 3-4 hours of work per day (mostly kitchen work, grocery shopping in advance of the retreat, managing yogi jobs). Work-study arrival should be on Monday May 2 to help set up the retreat. Inquire with the registrar for more information about service roles.

DANA: Compensation for the teacher is not included in the registration price. There will be an opportunity to offer donations to the teachers at the end of the retreat.

Co-sponsored by Bodhi Retreats and Insight Meditation South Bay